EDUC& 115 Child Development • 5 Cr.


Build foundation for explaining how children develop in all domains, conception through adolescence. Explore various developmental theories, methods for documenting growth, and impact of brain development. Topics addressed: stress, trauma, culture, race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family status, language, and health issues.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss prominent child development research and theories guiding parenting and care giver's practices. 
  • Describe the developmental sequence from conception through adolescence in all domains. 
  • Analyze critical stages of brain development as influencers of child development. 
  • Examine techniques to conduct and document observations of children as a means to assess and communicate growth and development. 
  • Explain individual differences in development. 
  • Identify how family, caregivers, teachers, community, culture, and trauma influence development. 
  • Outline community resources to support children's and families' development.